Archive for June, 2012

Painting MDF Doors

Written by on June 24, 2012 in Primers with 5 Comments

Painting MDF Doors: Factory Primed…Primer? What Primer? Our basic rule for painting mdf doors that were primed at the factory is to pretend that they were not primed at all. Do whatever cosmetic tweaking is needed, and then start building your finish as if you were working over raw substrate. The factory primer is really […]

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Staining Oak

Written by on June 19, 2012 in Interior Stains with 9 Comments
Staining Oak

A pile of antique oak, and a wood snob with predictable products… I admit, when a room pops up on a project that is going to be entirely finished in wood, I get giddy. Sometimes I even cut to the front of the line of painters interested in stain and oil finishes. As fate and […]

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Arborcoat on Weathered Wood and Other Thoughts

Not included in our review, here’s why: Ever put exterior stain on gray weathered wood and watch it turn to black cloudy ugliness? That’s what oil stain always did. Here’s what Benjamin Moore Arborcoat waterborne alkyd/acrylic transparent stain did on some tired outdoor furniture. If you look carefully, there are three boards that comprise the […]

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Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer

Written by on June 10, 2012 in Interior Products, Primers, Product Reviews with 21 Comments
Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Latex Primer

Sherwin Williams Wall and Wood Shows Why Primer Still Rules Many interior repaint jobs or do it yourself room makeovers can be done with no primer at all. Most pros would agree that paint manufacturers are putting out their top lines of paint with high enough quality ingredients these days to perform most functions required […]

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Surfix Review

  This write up is intended to allow readers to see the Festool Surfix oil kit through the eyes of professional finishers who have used it in some depth. The written aspect of this review serves as an overview of the Surfix system as a whole, while the two accompanying videos specifically feature the application […]

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Kilz Max: A Prime Mover

Written by on June 3, 2012 in Interior Products, Primers, Product Reviews with 87 Comments
Kilz Max: A Prime Mover

In our Primer Roundup series, one of the finalists was KILZ MAX. Thanks to Masterchem for participating in the Roundup, and submitting the product for evaluation and inclusion. This product has held the test of time for almost for years since the Round Up was conducted. On Primer: Paint contractors who have committed to the shift from […]

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